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  • Name: William GOSLING
  • D.O.B: 15th Aug, 1892
  • D.O.A: 5th Apr, 1917
  • D.O.D: 12th Feb, 1945
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, V/51 Trench Mortar Battery, RFA, attached to 51st Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Near Arras, France 5 April 1917

5 April 1917

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The First World War 1917 

The action in which Private W Gosling distinguished himself by his gallantry took place only 300 yards from the German line near Arras, which is thirteen miles north of Bapaume.


 For most conspicuous bravery when in charge of a heavy trench mortar. Owing to a faulty cartridge the bomb, after discharge, fell 10 yards from the mortar. Sjt. Gosling sprang out, lifted the nose of the bomb, which had sunk into the ground, unscrewed the fuse and threw it on the ground, where it immediately exploded. This very gallant and prompt action undoubtedly saved the lives of the whole detachment. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 12 June 1917. 14 June 1917, Numb. 30130, p. 5866

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